What defines a game genre?

NOTE: This is a very early draft of what eventually turned into a longer study. Please read the full essay here.

As video game players, we are constantly looking for new games to play. But when we decide amongst thousands of titles, there are many different factors we take into account.

One of those factors, is the genre.
The genre sets our expectations and let’s us know what we sign up for, before we even boot up the game. But what determines the label that goes on the box?

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